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of the fiscal cliff americans saw their payroll taxes jump. in a new study from the new york fed finds the rise in payroll taxes is going to cause payroll to cut their spending by an average of $720 this year. there's the fiscal cliff, also that payroll tax holiday that went away. you've been a long time proponent of exempting the first $15,000 from income tax. do you think that could generate jobs growth? >> yes, it could generate jobs growth. certainly we could make up the difference if you lose some money, the federal government loses money by exempting the first $15,000 for social security you just lift the lid on the percentage or the amount of money subjected to social security taxes. and that would be not only good for the economy, but it also would be a move in the direction of helping the middle class. you know, one of the hidden issues here, christine, is not only do we have a very slow jobs recovery but most of the jobs being created pay less than the jobs that were lost in the great recession. so the quality of jobs is a problem as well. >> and that's -- when you talk about the chan
reasons. >> not at all. the biggest news out of this is the treasury tax watchdog said he began telling senior treasury department officials about the fact that he was looking into this last summer. it started with the general counsel and then the deputy treasury secretary. that piqued the trf lawmakers of both parties -- the interest of lawmakers of both parties. perhaps they knew something in the months leading up to the presidential election. beyond that both the watchdog and mr. miller made clear we have no reason to believe there's partisanship here. just an attempt to somehow deal with a big influx of requests for this tax-exempt status in the wake of the citizens united case back in 2010. they said there was a big concern that all of these different groups were beginning to apply that may or may not have known the rules. and said look, employees looked at the news reports and knew that there was concern that these various groups with names like tea party, patriot, 912, constitution, were beginning to apply and they simply put them aside into a group and started looking at them. g
and a better tax payer. i mean, i don't get the help that everybody speaks of. i'm not getting it and i know that a lot of people in my situation out here on the road and other professions that are not getting that help. but yet, still lying in a hearing republicans, democrats alike. everybody wants the same thing. but instead of blaming people, why don't everybody truly work together and show the public we are here for you. >> host: okay, thank you. >> guest: i can just picture you driving along the road. as you do worry, everybody does come first and foremost as many families say am i able to provide for them? and you know, you ran into this when you ended up in a medical facility, that the basic protection is to have adequate health insurance. and access to that insurance doesn't come with devotee john and the goal of the affordable health care act is to make that piece of land available for user that you know that since something happened you have access to health care and then for the sake of your children you've referred to the ongoing examination and treatment at preventing programs.
. milton said it's what it spends because as a result of spending you you have borrowing, taxes, a whole host of things that follow, but that spending is what begins the problem that so many conservatives struggle with and, frankly, so many taxpayers struggle with. yeah, i think as i begin to get up in washington, really begin to dig into the numbers as i did back when i was governor, i look at the budget numbers in south carolina that led to the pigs, in that case there was, you know, more than $100 million unconstitutional deficit that had months of deliberation on. when the deliberations didn't work, we finally resorted to something else to capture people's attention and it worked because we ultimately closed off that unconstitutional deficit and what i'm going to do is, in essence, look under the hood at a whole host of things. you have to deal with the big rocks. the big rocks in washington, d.c., are certainly entitlements. you have to look at medicare, medicaid, social security. but there's a lot of inefficiency out there. in all areas of government that people are, with warrant,
it spends bass you have borrowing and taxes and a whole host of things that follow but that spending is what begins the problem that so many conservatives struggle with. frankly, so many taxpayers struggle with. i think that, you know, as i begin to get up in washington and begin to dig into the numbers as i did back when i was governor and looking at the budget numbers in south carolina that led to the pigs in that case it was more than $100 million unconstitutional deficit. months of deliberation on it and when the deliberation didn't work we finally resorted to something else to capture people's attention and it worked because we ultimately closed off that. what i'm going to do is in essence look under the hood at a whole host of things. i think you got to deal with the big rocks in washington, d.c. certainly entitlements. medicare and medicaid and social security but there is a lot of inefficiency out there in all areas of government that people are with warrant concerned about and i will be focusing there as well. i would also se say this. another part of shrinking the deficit is not ju
taxes, which makes sense. and here's where the scandal part starts, exactly. what exactly counts as social welfare. how does the irs decide if your group applying for the special nontax paying status qualifies? well, here's the irs's own documentation on this classification. the irs lists as examples of social welfare organizations a group aimed at helping unemployed people over a certain age find work. a group working to build a stadium for a school district, a group dedicated to counseling for people in financial trouble, a group that subsidizes kids' tickets to sporting events to get them interested. a neighborhood beautification group and on and on. you basically get the idea, i think. now, those all sounds like the sorts of groups that should be counted as tax exempt and most people are probably more or less fine with that group not paying taxes. now, there has been a very bright line for a very long time between organizations like those and organizations that were engaged directly in political campaigning. one side of that line was regulated by the irs, the other side by th
. in 2007, 5.6 of tax filers making $1 million or more were audited. but since 2008, those numbers have been growing. in 2011, the latest period available, the irs audited 12% of returns for those making $1 million or more. for those making $10 million or more, 27% were audited. that means nearly one in four of multi-millionaire earners or even more than that were audited. that compares with about 1% for the rest of america. now, the audits to the wealthy have been very profitable. the irs said it found $4.8 billion in additional taxes from the audits of those millionaire earners, and those numbers will go higher as the irs rolls out its high-wealthรง group, that's forensic s.w.a.t. team. the message to top earners, maria, is very clear. the irs is watching you. back to you. >> well, they're looking for money, but do we know if the politics got involved here? and if those audits were audits of republicans? >> well, i know a lot of democratic, very high-wealth democratic donors, even to obama, who have told me they've been audited. so anecdotally, i know both democrats and republicans, but i
to abuse the tax system. why did you mislead congress and the american people. >> did i not mislead congress and the american people. >> how did you miss lead this committee. >> i did not mislead the committee. >> did the committee have a right to know yes or no? >> i answered all questions truth. >> harris: tonight, his explanation for what went wrong and why lawmakers say resignations are just not enough o.j. simpson wants out of prison, but his former lawyer isn't helping his case. >> he never told me of a plan. >> did you ever tell him that it was within his legal rights to go take his property back? >> no. >> harris: and what he says o.j. admitted about the guns that helped put him behind bars. i'm harris faulkner in tonight for shepard smith. cheers broke out on capitol hill today as members of congress from both political parties tore into the head of the irs. stephan miller is about to vacate that job after the agency admitted targeting conservative groups that were applying for tax exempt status. he ghilts the irs made what he calls foolish mistakes but claims there there w
. "hardball" starts right now >>> death in taxes. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. call me a charlie rangel fan. today i watched him at the hearings on the irs mess. i heard him say everything i believe. it's this. if you have a problem in a company or on a team or in a government agency, you deal with it. you get rid of the bad apples. it's the one sure way, only sure way to convince people what they're seeing as bad has been removed. now, if you want the company or team or government agency government, itself, to look back, hoot and holler. don't fix the problem, don't get rid of the bad apples. let them sit there and smell up the whole barrel. let them stink up all the apples. the republicans have a lot to holler about here. they have their fat target. what i'm impressed by is the lawmakers who sees the problem, wants to actually fix it because he, like me, believes in what government can do positively. i have two members of the house ways & means committee joining me tonight. and u.s. congressman dave reichart is a
at the tax agency ousted commissioner steve miller during a firey hearing. now, there was several bomb shell revealations for starters during his testimony today miller admitted that the apology made last week by irs lawyer lois learner was staged. watch this. >> do you know miss celia roady a member of the advisory council on tax exempt and government entities? >> i do. >> was her question to ms. learner about targeting conservative groups planned in advance? >> i believe that we talked about that, yes. >> no, miller also acknowledged that the irs knew about the scandal in may of last year. since you were not able to watch owl of today's testimony here are some of the highlights. >> we were told no such targeting was happening. that isn't being misled. that is lying. >> this is very chilling for the american people. i know that where you are at and you are going to -- you are resigning and walking away from it. but you this is not going to go away. this is the pandora's box opened and i don't know he if we can get the lid back on it. >> do you believe it is illegal for employees of the irs
department said and that's what i'm telling you. >> chris: the rise of the tea party, the application for tax exempt group was a big point in the wake of the citizens united ruling by the supreme court, a big issue for democrats. in september of 2010, max baucus, the democrat chair of senate finance called on the irs to investigate groups applying for tax exempt status. in 2007, senators urged the irs to beef up scrutiny. dan, weren't the marching orders pretty clear? you had a number of democrats, groups applying for tax exempt status, and you -- >> look at what the independent general said in the report, to congress on friday. there was no outside influences, other than this came directly from the irs. two, that was not necessarily based on political motivation. that's what the independent inspector general said. >> chris: you say "not necessarily based on." >> he said this was a management issue, not political motivation. >> chris: except the irs said something different. the man in charge of the irs tax exempt joseph grant, until he recently announced he's stepping down, said part of the
of conservative groups resulting for substantial delays for them. holding up their applications for tax-exempt status for years in some cases. however, con pick with usly missing from the -- conspicuously missing from the report, how the tax agency came to target the groups. specifically who ordered who to do all of this. this as the fbi launch as criminal investigation into the scandal. today lawmakers on capitol hill will have their chance to demand accountability. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live on capitol hill with more on this story. mike, you just spoke with senator mitch mcconnell. what can you tell us about that conversation? >> reporter: jenna, there is definitely some i told you so from senator mitch mcconnell because the republican leader was one of the lawmakers up on capitol hill hearing from constituents, tea party groups that they were being harassed by the irs. mcconnell told me a short time ago he thinks this is part of a much bigger problem. >> tried similar stunts at hhs, at the sec, the fcc this is an administration who believes if you disagree
this president even say the words "carbon tax"? >> with an open mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: all right. steven miller, acting head of the i.r.s. has resigned underfire. does that mean the problem goes away? one of the big questions today. what do you say, everybody? great to see you. here we go. it is thursday. thursday may 16. we're rolling into the next three hours here, the "full court press" where we will tell you all about what's happening with the big three scandals here in washington, d.c. and a lot of other news this thursday morning. here in our nation's capital around the country and around the globe. we'll take a little whirlwind tour of the events of the day and most importantly give you a chance to express your point of view to sound off about i
will be all over this irs story. connell: we cannot forget that she is the tax reporter for years. nicole petallides at the new york stock exchange. nicole: we of gains. we have retail sales numbers that are better than expected. you are seeing a little bit of a pullback. the dow jones industrials down about 36 points right now. the tech heavy nasdaq is virtually flat right now. when you look at the dow jones industrial component, and intel and alcoa are the top. toyota motor, netflix, tesla are doing the best. some of these names are up over 100% this year. back to you. dagen: thank you so much, local. connell: new details from this irs story. dagen: rich edson is in washington, d.c. with more. rich: this goes up much higher than officials first suggested on friday. a letter to the treasury secretary jack lew, marco rubio writes it is clear that the irs cannot operate with a shred of the americans confident under their leadership. i strongly urge that you and president obama demand the resignation effective immediately. no one that has behaved in such a matter can get the respect from th
in technology & finance. welcome to the state where cutting taxes for business... is our business. welcome to the new buffalo. welcome to the new buffalo. welcome to the new buffalo. new york state is throwing out the old rule book to give your business a new edge, the edge you can only get in new york state. to grow our start your business, visit thenewny.com >>> we have been talking a lot about foreign policy, but it is a big week for immigration reform. the senate judiciary committee will begin its debate of amendments to the gang of eight immigration bill, this thursday. and one thing's certain, it is going to be dramatic. republican senator marco rubio, he is the face of the gang of eight. it is really quite remarkable that he became the face of a bipartisan democratically led effort, but there it is. but these are the faces of the opposition, the gangbusters, if you will. demint is number one on that list because he's the president of the heritage foundation and today the heritage foundation and senior research fellow robert rector put out a study that illegalizing 11 million illegal
report, and it has outrageous conclusions about how organizations seeking tax exempt status were handled. it shows that not only tea party groups got more scrutiny but so did a host of other conservative groups that dared to criticize government spending and discuss the national debt. this comes after lois learner admitted that agents flagged certain review based on words like tea party and patriot. basically anybody who is likely to hold up a poster of president obama looking like a joker. some has even been comedy fodder for the president, recall when he visited asu in 2009 and the university would not give him an honorary degree because he was so new. >> president crow and the board of regents will soon learn about being audited by the irs. >> after that of course came the birth of the tea party in 2010. some of the conservative groups suspected they were treated differently by the irs but the irs commissioner appointed by president george w. bush and retired in november assured congress that was not the case. >> an organization there's absolutely no targeting. this is the kind of bac
. >> auditing my tax returns. >> you as an individual? >> me as an individual first and then one of my companies, second. >> neil: now you heard about the questions they were asking these various conservative groups. were they that involved in detail with you? >> no. >> neil: what kind of stuff were -- >> they were just after my taxes. >> neil: you were fully exonerated. didn't have to pay any extra. >> no change, no penalties no fines. >> neil: but you spent $10,000 tos' defend yourself. >> almost 80,000 decide. $25,000 per audit. now come on to this picking on conservative groups, raising questions about the tax exemption status, how many organizations they were reaching out to, how many individuals they were reaching out to. do you find this coincidental? part of a pattern? what? >> well, gosh, i don't know. i mean, what -- well, i hope it's just coincidence. because the kind of country i'd like america to be, i don't want us to become one of these third world countries where you have to worry about your back all the time if you disagree with who is in charge. i think that's particularly dang
has admitted to tax exempt groups under more scrutiny. >> we don't have access to it. when we do, we will be able to assess it more specifically than we can now. >> reporter: white house seems to talk more about the benghazi consulate attack accusing republicans of politicizing it. >> reporter: we have one issue as we are learning more a political side show, a to politicize a tragedy. >> reporter: but republicans accuse the administration of criticizing the talking points about benghazi because of an election that was two months away. >> the president won the electing. he was able to get benghazi behind him in terms of electoral politics, but it won't go away. mr. president, it's not going to go away. >> reporter: one goal of the white house to handle the complaints about the irs and justice department story don't hang around like benghazi. second term presidents become lame ducks soon enough as it is. >> terry: let's break down each scandal and contention. >> bret: that putting conservative groups under the tax microscope had nothing to do with politics. >> a senate review of conser
with us. it's one of those days, a taxing day, especially for the ousted head of the irs. lawmakers want a pound of flesh for what looks to be a partisan bias in handing out tax exempt status and some other treats that go along with it. a dirty little secret in the military is not so secret any more and it is definitely not little. sexual assault is a crisis. now the tap bratop brass vowing go to war and defeat it. >>> and the mayor of toronto, canada, denying he smoked crack cocaine with somali drug traffickers. believe it or not. this is a story i'm following. the toronto star reporter says he's seen an explosive interview of that. we will begin in arizona where jodi arias' line i life is on the line. it shifted far from her to her victim's brother and her victim's sister. these are people who have attended the trial every single day for over four months. they've had to look at graphic testimony, heart breaking testimony of their brother, travis alexander and how he was really just massacred. it was a horrible thing that they had to look at in this courtroom. they had to hear allegatio
took over the tax exemption business in two where are 09. they are questioning now why she will make decisions about obama care. >> if we learned anything this week theires needs less power and not more. it turns out the irs official that oversaw the part is now in charge of obama care office. you kent make this stuff up. >> democrats said joseph graham didn't find out until six months after ingram was a signed to the different division. >> you are satisfied with miss ingram in charge of the irs responsibilities? >> i heard show has a high degree of professionalism and not in a position of responsibility over the actions. >> the outgoing irs acting commissioner stephen miller pushed out because of the scandal called ingram a superb sufficiently service. show will provide the same horrendous customer service implementing obama care as she did managing the tax exempt office. ntea party express chairman amy crammer said it is a symptom of a larger issue. great to have you here. >> letty talk about what is at play. i know the tea party groups are planning to sue the government. are you g
of overseeing obamacare. >> reporter: democrats say it was a group within the tax exempt division that sara ingraham had had eded that targeted conservative groups. that she was not involved. the republicans are dubious and say, sara ingraham certainly be headed up the much larger job of implementing obamacare. but she is. she is in charge of the new health insurance and new fines associated with obamacare. that worries some in the g.o.p. >> so she provided horrendous customer service under her watch and now she is going to do the same implementing obamacare -- swel l. this is perfect example why we need tax reform. >> reporter: at a hearing on the irs scandal yesterday, the outgoing irs commissioner steven miller who was fired because of the scandal came to ingraham's defense. >> why would you promote somebody in that position that was in charge that certainly has some controversy over the last couple years under an investigation. >> because she is a suburb civil servant. >> she had nothing to do with this? >> i wouldn't imagine so. >> reporter: and sandra levin that ingraham had any inkli
, the reason the deficit went up a collapse of tax revenues more than anything else and we're back now, now that the economy is growing, down to a completely manageable place. so, all the scare stuff about the debt was unfair. >> well, of course, it is good news that the deficit has fallen, but before we celebrate with champagne, a couple big problems. if you look at the ten-year numbers, they didn't move very much at all. in other words, the deficit gets better in the near term, but continues to get worse. >> thets because medicare more than anything else. >> correct. we still have a long-term entitlement problem that is really a bad. not only raises the deficit, but threatens to crowd out every kind of spending we do as a country. >> what do you draw from these numbers? >> i think glenn right that the long-term problem is one of medicare spending and that remains a big problem. but i think what you're absolutely right that the increase in the deficit in the wake of the financial crisis was there because of plunging tax revenue and, indeed, because of some stimulus spending but that was en
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organizations seeking tax-exempt status. the other is the justice department's secret subpoena of "the associated press"'s phone records over the course of two months. as for the latter, holder claims he recused himself from the national security leak investigation that led the d.o.j. to ask for the a.p. a calls. the government is looking into what may have leaked information pertaining to a foiled terrorist plot that the a.p. reported back in may of 2012. holder said it was out of an abundance of caution because of his frequent contact with the media. however he did categorize the national security leak as one of the most serious he's ever seen. as you for the i.r.s.'s poor decision make, holder said he is launching an investigation into what happened and whether or not there are any criminal violations but an i.r.s. inspector general report says the agency's behavior was incompetent but not malicious and not politically motivated. the report says the white house was not involved in any way and president obama, after reviewing the report released a statement calling the actions intole
reports that the federal government apparently used it powers of tax aches to unfairly targeted certain groups. a report reveals that the word tea party and patriot were among triggers that sent several months of applications for tax exempt status to a team of specialists. >> the conclusion they did have agents engaged in intimidation of political groups. i don't care if you are a conservative, a liberal democratic or republican, this should send a chill up your spine. >> reporter: jay carney believes that the american people expects and deserves to have the very best public servants with the highest level of integrity on their behalf. carney said the president expects swift punishment for the th misconduct. it's both parties and both houses of congress for an investigation. >> i'm concerned about that. my understanding is the inspector general is doing a report that report should be out shortly. i think we have to take a good look at it. >> they targeted conservatives for tax exempt status but bottom line they used key words to go after conservative. this is something you have to insti
go about securing funding for the various graffiti programs? do you use grants, tax assessments, et cetera? anybody? >> i think i can take that. >> okay, ready. >> for anyone who didn't attend my session, i do a juvenile program where i take kids who have been convicted of graffiti crimes to do community service on saturdays. the way i do this is get a public grant from department of public works where we take kids out to graffiti hot spots, we paint over graffiti and they get a reduced fine and credit for probation officers. this is done through a public grant. it's a very effective program. we have been able to turn a lot of kids around, restore justice. we get a lot of positive feedback from the community, a lot of other officers are happy to get the overtime. and as an officer, you're really able to facilitate the program well because you are able to put on a lot of different hats, communicate with probation, you communicate with traffic court judges, with community referral center, and with station personnel. so, you really act as a good communicator and facilitator in the prog
targeting conservative groups who were applying for tax exempt status, going back as early as march of 2010. cnn obtained a copy of the report which is due to be released this week. house republicans are urging president barack obama to condemn the irs for targeting groups t. groups apparently either had the words tea party in their name patriot on their applications. >> this is truly outrageous. it contributes to the profound distrust that the american people have in government. it is absolutely chilling that the irs was singling out conservative groups for extra review. >> president obama mentioned this controversy right before the start of his meeting with the visiting british prime minister. as we mentioned, david cameron sitting down with him. here's what he had to say just a few moments ago. >> as mepgsd, the president and prime minister cameron are expected to speak live with reporters and take questions. all of it to get under way in a few moments. our teams are scrambling. that will be live. we will bring it to you as soon as they begin actually speaking. in the meantime, again, ot
for the tax administration -- and i'm an old justice department guy -- we said it's not good enough to represent individual groups. weed in to investigate the internal revenue service. that's what led to us send our complaints to the treasurery department, which, by the way, did a good job. i have to say the law enforcement wing of the treasurery department. certainly it's not a couple of treasurery agents in cincinnati who came up with this. this affected several states, scores of organizations, and we now now because they're leaking like a seive on the hill, this went up to senior officials in the irs and they're in full coverup mode at the irs. >> neil: now, when they harassed these organizations, tea party or other conservative organizations, we're told initially they started questioning their tax exempt status but went beyond that. what kind of stuff would they do? >> well, initially groups were coming in seeking a tax exempt status in march and april of 2010, as we now know, and they were coming under horrific scrutiny. they wanted to know if individual board members had taken
>> pelley: tonight, i.r.s. political targeting was wider than we thought. we've learned the tax agency singled out more than the tea party. the president reacts. >> that is outrageous. it is contrary to our traditions. >> pelley: wyatt andrews and nancy cordes are on the i.r.s. story. the mother's day gunman opens fire and 19 are wounded. mark strassmann is in new orleans with the pictures and the manhunt. the officer gravely wounded in a shootout with the boston bombing suspects speaks for the first time to john miller. technically you kind of died. >> i did. i did die, yes. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the scandal at the i.r.s. is growing. today we've learned its targeting of political organizations went beyond the tea party. on friday, the i.r.s. apologized for singling out groups with the words "tea party" and "patriot" in their names. but now it turns out the i.r.s. targeted other groups based on the words "constitution" and "bill of rights." the i.r.s. blamed low-level employees and said that no high
with social welfare. >> obama's solution is to spend even more and raise taxes? really? we've got to take away president obama's blank check. >> hasn't your social welfare been improved by seeing that? nothing to do with the election, right? when president george w. bush was in office, those were called 527s. under president barack obama, the type on the right, those are called 501c4 organizations. there are some democratic leaning 501c4s, as well. they tend to look something like this. >> cheering on our colleges and their students, something we're all in favor of, but republicans want to take away that support. but president obama has a plan to help. >> it's a joke, right? it's a joke that these groups are not set up to be political actors, but tax law says that intervening in elections can't be most of what these groups are about. and it is an absolute farce. but that is the tax code and after citizens united cleared the way for unlimited donations, the number of these types of groups in american politics went from something like 1,500 for the 2010 elections to something like 3,400 for the
tax cuts signed into law to help small businesses grow and thrive. as we know, during the last 15 years, small businesses account for about 2/3 of the job growth in our country, but when the bush recession hits in 2009, 2010, small businesses were hit particularly hard. small businesses are the center of her agenda. congress under her leadership gave 27 million small businesses tax cuts. two main pieces of legislation -- the small businesses jobs act in the information you have, will create a total of 500,000 jobs and create eight tax cuts. they are all described in the packet you have. also, unleashing up to $300 billion in credit for small businesses to access. there are another eight tax cuts that were passed through a number of different laws. some of our panelists will address those. even though now we are in an environment where there is a republican majority in the house and a slimmer majority in the senate, please note that the leader and democrats are going fight hard to keep their agenda and restart our economy, and there will be more work to be done. i would like to han
for special prosecutors and more subpoenas. plus, the acting head of the irs speaking out on the tax man targeting conservatives and other groups. but will it ease the growing outrage over what many consider political profiling? it's all "happening now." but first this morning some new details on the latest scandal facing the obama administration. is freedom of the press under attack by our own government? now the demand for answer earns is coming from both sides of the political aisle. good morning to you i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody i'm jenna lee. a bombshell revelation from the "associated press," the news agency says the u.s. justice department seized two months worth of phone records all without its knowledge. we are told the records pertain to both the office and personal lines of several journalists and one editor. the ap says it was not told any sort of reason or given any sort of explanation for the grab, but it believes it has to do with a report on a suspected terror plot disrupted by the cia. our chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live with more. >>
for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions. the report also said the agency delayed processing those groups' applications and requested unnecessary information. earlier today, attorney general holder said the justice department has launched a criminal investigation in to the matter but this scandal is just one of many plaguing the white house tonight. jim akosta reports from washington. >> reporter: over at the white house, there isn't much talk of harry truman these days and the buck stops here. on the political targets of conservative groups by the internal revenue service, the white house said it's awaiting an inspector general's investigation. on who changed the talking points on benghazi, the obama administration says that was the cia. as to the move to obtain phone records of the associated press, white house officials say, talk to the justice department. instead of truman, republicans are making a different comparison. >> i've never seen anything like this except in the past during the nixon years. >> i can tell you that the people that make the comparisons ne
overall revenues from property taxes. over a billion dollars a year come in through the property taxes. we also have significant revenue sources including the hotel tax, business tax, and sales tax that also contribute to our overall revenues that we have available to spend. it's also important to remember that because of our combined city and county nature, we receive a significant amount of support from both the state government and the federal government. in fact, about one out of every five dollars that san francisco spends comes from the state or federal government. and i think that is important to know, especially when we are in a time where -- in particular this year the federal government is contracting their spending. that has a trickle-down effect and it does impact san francisco's ability to continue certain types of programs. so moving on to the sort of current year situation, the mayor mentioned we just recently undertaken our second five-year financial planning process and have identified more modest, but still ongoing structural shortfalls. that is the gap between how mu
. as a result, applications for their tax-exempt status were delayed. a new treasury department report put it this way. quote, the irs inspector general found that irs agents used inappropriate criteria to identify tea party and other groups and the report also cited ineffective management that allowed the criteria to be in place for 18 months, which resulted in substantial delays in applications and unnecessary questions. and today at 1:00 eastern we'll hear more from holder. he is due to testify in front of the house judiciary committee. >>> as for what the president's mouth piece is saying about all of these scandals, press secretary jay carney sang a familiar tune, at least 11 times. >> all i can tell you is i cannot and he cannot comment specifically. i can't comment on the specifics of that. we simply can't comment on the specific investigation. but i cannot and he cannot appropriately comment on the specifics. this i think refers to this investigation so i cannot comment on that. we can't comment on an ongoing criminal investigation. i'm not going to comment on the specifics of an i
-up to the last election, dozens of new political organizations tried to get tax-exempt status from the i.r.s. by claiming that they were actually social welfare groups. the i.r.s. had to investigate each to determine whether the organization was actually spending most of its time on social welfare or politics. the i.r.s. has admitted that it targeted conservative groups but what about liberals? we sent wyatt andrews to find out. >> reporter: when jeff cohen's group, the left-leaning action for progressive future, applied for an i.r.s. tax exemption, the process was too long and slow, he says, but it was much easier for him than it was for tea party groups. cohen answered nine i.r.s. questions, many of them about the politics of his web site, but he was approved after 18 months. by contrast, tea party groups faced dozens of questions, and many are still waiting for approval after two and a half years. >> i'm for the i.r.s. toughly probing all groups applying for tax-exempt status, but they shouldn't specially scrutinize certain groups because they're on the left or the right. >> reporter:
improperly screened conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. it is inexcusable and americans have a right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the irs. so here is what we're going to do. first, we're going to hold the responsible parties accountable. today secretary lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the irs because given the controversy surrounding the audit, it is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward. second, we're going to put in place new safeguards to make sure this kind of behavior cannot happen again. third, we will work with congress as it performs its oversite role. and our administration has to make sure that we are working hand in hand with congress to get this thing fixed. congress, democrats and republicans, owe it to the american people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves in a way that doesn't mack of politics or partisan agendas because i think one th
have just been given an ultimatum. raise taxes or else. da lin on the dilemma facing a bay area city. >>> reporter: hercules is facing a project deficit of $1.2 million for the next fiscal year. the city manager says if voters don't pass a utility tax hike in june, the city would likely disband its police department. >> just imagine what this kind of message sends out to criminals. it's open house in hercules. >> reporter: hercules would instead contract with the contra costa county sheriff's department for police services. councilman dan romero worries response time would be slower and crime would spike in this bedroom community. >> catastrophic. our whole populace will be in danger. >> reporter: the city manager says measure a would bring in about $1 million, allowing hercules to keep its police force of 21 sworn officers. the current 6% tax on gas, electric, water and telephone bills would increase to 8%. hercules residents would also pay an 8% tax on cable tv. long-time resident charlie clark plans to vote no. at 88 years old, he can't even retire. >> i'm still working simply be
expected. on a taped call, mike duke saying higher income taxes and smaller increases in food prices were other reasons walmart's earnings came in at $1 a share. >> tax refunds caused customers to put off discretionary pu though no one likes to talk about weather, it was a real factor across the united states. >> total sales also light. same store sales, stores open for more than a year, fell an unexpected 12.4%. the first decline in 7 quarters. walmart saying its budget driven clients top concerns remain the economy, along with food, gas and energy prices, and to a lesser degree taxes. still, they're spending steadies and remains steady after a weak start to the first quarter. walmart's forecasting, same store sales will be unchanged up 2/10 of a%. a good sign to joe feldman. >> given the fact that sales trends are doing better right now, they sound like they're getting things in order. there's going to be some expansion issues in the second quarter. they should be able to continue that productivity loop. >> earnings forecast amidst wall street estimates. >> walmart violated the corrupt
for lower middle class and middle-class people, people who are working and paying taxes. we need to have them here for a functioning economy. i am looking for ways to fund more of that kind ofg, particularly for a central employees like teachers, nurses, first responders. we need to make sure that our development is a transit- oriented. we do not want to encourage suburban sprawl. we want to do infill housing so that people can live near where they work and near public transportation. >> let's talk about public transportation. is there adequate muni service in your district? what is the parking and traffic situation like? >> muni is not near where it needs to be. in the caster, we have the subway. -- in the castro, we have the subway. a can be terrific or frustrating. we are next to the bart line. in other parts of the district, is unreliable. the writeridership is lower bece of unreliability. other lines are not as frequent and people not think of using them. we have a particular problem in diamond heights. the neighborhood is served primarily by the 52 line. it is incredibly unreliable
're going to say when they did the tax returns, look at the pay envelopes, they're going to say wait a minute, those guys, those people in washington, they're partisan. they're a bunch of liberals or whatever. they don't like our conservative point of view. they punish us, they're bullies. this is going into the permanent record, unless as charlie rangel, the long time member of the ways and means committee. made the point. unless you cut out the cancer, another watergate term -- >> cancer. >> there's going to be an assumption that everybody in the irs is part of the problem. >> you know, so smart about that. >> i've known former irs commissioners, republicans and democrats in different administrations. this used to be the agency you could trust other than in the nixen years, to not do political things. >> they're proud, the guy that landed on d-day, great men, great people that have worked over there. and yet there seems to be some tin ear, even in mr. miller's case where he said bad customer service. that's not it. there's a perception. i always say this to people on the progressiv
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